Ingrown hairs can be an irritation or a painful experience. If you don't know how to get rid of them, they will continue to bother you and maybe even become infected. Hair shafts become ingrown when they curl under the skin instead of breaking through the pores to grow above the skin. Ingrown hairs often create unsightly bumps, redness and irritation. Get control of your follicles by removing ingrown hairs properly. Follow these steps for how to remove these unsightly irritants.
- Clean skin with soap and warm water. Since removing an ingrown hair will open the pores, you want to be sure no dirt or bacteria find their way in to cause infection. Wash the area surrounding the ingrown hair or hairs. This is a very important step.
- Sterilize tweezers. Preventing infection is one of your first priorities since you don’t want to create more skin irritation than you already have. Soak your tweezers in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes to sterilize them.
- Apply a warm compress. If the hair has not broken the skin, you do not want to dig for it unless it appears infected. So if you have a slight bump, hold a warm compress to the area for one to two minutes. This should help the hair to release from the skin.
- Open the skin to remove the hair. NOTE: This step should only be used if the skin is becoming infected or bleeding and the hair will not release from the skin. Using the sharpest edge of your tweezers, apply pressure to the hair to scratch the skin and allow the hair to release from the follicle.
- Uncurl the hair and pull it back. You do not want to pull the hair out. Plucking an ingrown hair will cause the replacement hair to have a similar problem when it grows in. So uncurl the hair so that the end sticks out above the skin. Lightly pull the hair to move it in the direction of the hair growth.
- Clean area with hydrogen peroxide. Once you have finished this ingrown hair treatment and have the ingrown hair out from under the skin, there may be pus, blood or other signs of infection in the hair follicle. To prevent further ingrown hairs, be sure to clean the skin. Pour hydrogen peroxide on the follicle and let it clean out the pores. If you have removed an infected ingrown hair, the healing process will take a bit longer so it's always good to act immediately when you see an ingrown hair.
Ingrown hairs can be an annoying problem, especially in warm, humid climates. If you find red bumps on your skin that are a result of ingrown hairs, there is something you can do about it. Follow these steps to take care of the problem and, hopefully, prevent it from reoccurring.